When the Guam Diabetes Association (GDA) launches its annual outreach program to promote diabetes prevention in public elementary schools this January, volunteers and school nurses will be instructing students with 100 children’s books donated by local author Frances Baumann.
The books – “Ramon on the Phone” and “Midge at the Fridge” – encourage children to eat nutritious foods and exercise regularly as an effective way to avoid childhood obesity and the health problems associated with it, such as diabetes and heart disease.
“Our group is concerned that the number of adults and children who have diabetes continues to increase in record numbers on Guam,” says Clara Okada Peterson, GDA vice president. “We work alongside the school nurses to make sure the children are aware of diabetes and the importance of establishing healthy habits at an early age to prevent it.”
According to Baumann, the storybooks tell the funny adventures of a couch potato, Ramon, and his junk food junkie friend, Midge. Together they learn to substitute healthy lifestyle habits for their bad ones. Each storybook comes with a companion activity book, discussion guide, and audiobook narration — all of which were created on Guam.
The storybooks are now available for purchase worldwide online at Amazon.
Baumann recently presented the free books to Peterson and Winnie Butler, GDA Executive Director, at Baumann Advertising Agency in Hagatna.